Elon Musk and SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network. She wants to know why he refused the Ukrainian military’s demand that he turn on Starlink over a blacked-out SpaceX, Crimea, Russia, US sanctions portion of the Black Sea near Russian-controlled Crimea to guide a submarine drone attack on Russian ships. “No one is supposed to make foreign policy for the United States other than the United States government," Ms.
Warren told CNN on Sept. 12. “It is not up to one billionaire to go off in secret and change our foreign policy." In fact, Mr.
Musk was following U.S. foreign policy. In a new biography of Mr.
Musk, Walter Isaacson writes: “Allowing the use of Starlink for the attack, [Mr. Musk] concluded, could be a disaster for the world. So he secretly told his engineers to turn off coverage within a hundred kilometers of the Crimean coast.
As a result, when the Ukrainian drone subs got near the Russian fleet in Sevastopol, they lost connectivity and washed ashore harmlessly." But on Sept. 8 Mr. Isaacson had issued a clarification: Mr.
Musk didn’t disable Starlink in the area; he declined a Ukrainian request to enable it. At a fan summit for the “All In" podcast, released on Twitter Sept. 12, Mr.
Musk said complying with the Ukrainian request would have violated American sanctions against Russia: “We’re not allowed to actually turn on connectivity to [Russian-controlled Crimea] without explicit government approval. So, we did not have the U.S. government .
. . and then we basically figured out that this was kind of like a Pearl Harbor attack on the Russian fleet at Sevastopol.Read more on livemint.com